Sophie Irwin grew up in Dorset, England, and later worked in publishing in London. In A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting: A Novel (Pamela Dorman Books), Irwin’s debut, Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only 12 weeks to save her family from ruin. Never one to back down from a challenge, Kitty leaves home and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of England: the London season. Kitty may be neither accomplished nor especially genteel, but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with cunning and ingenuity, she knows that risk is just part of the game. The only thing she doesn’t anticipate is Lord Radcliffe. The worldly Radcliffe sees Kitty for the mercenary fortune-hunter that she is and is determined to scotch her plans at all costs – until their parrying takes an entirely different turn.